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First attested circa 14th century as Middle English remors, from Old French remors, from Medieval Latin remorsus, from Latin remordeō (I torment, I vex, literally I bite back), from re- +‎ mordeō (I bite). More at remord.


  • (UK) enPR: rĭ-môrsʹ, IPA(key): /ɹɪˈmɔː(ɹ)s/
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  • (US) enPR: rĭ-môrsʹ, IPA(key): /ɹɪˈmɔɹs/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)s
  • Hyphenation: re‧morse


remorse (countable and uncountable, plural remorses)

  1. A feeling of regret or sadness for doing wrong or sinning.
    • 2014 March 1, Rocksheng Zhong, Madelon Baranoski, Neal Feigenson, Larry Davidson, Alec Buchanan, Howard V. Zonana, “So You’re Sorry? The Role of Remorse in Criminal Law”, in Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online, Volume 42, Issue 1[1], pages 39–48:
      In criminal proceedings, empirical studies have shown that remorse plays an important role in observers’ judgments of defendants.
    • 1897, Oscar Wilde, De Profundis:
      Failure, disgrace, poverty, sorrow, despair, suffering, tears even, the broken words that come from lips in pain, remorse that makes one walk on thorns, conscience that condemns . . . —all these were things of which I was afraid.
  2. (obsolete) Sorrow; pity; compassion.



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remorse (third-person singular simple present remorses, present participle remorsing, simple past and past participle remorsed)

  1. To experience remorse; to regret.
    • 1689, John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding:
      And if we look abroad, to take a view of men as they are, we shall find that they remorse in one place, for doing or omitting that which others, in another place, think they merit by.
    • 2009, Pankaj Arora, Sex Education In Schools, page 142:
      When they have accepted their advice and have some upleasant experience then they remorse.
    • 2020, Donald Werner, The Mark of the Beast or the Seal of Yahoveh God?, page 7:
      Then with godly sorrow they remorse with a humble heart, and they repent.





  1. vocative masculine singular of remorsus

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  1. Alternative form of remors